Jinglu Cao

Practicum Student

Jinglu is a current first-year MSW student at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. She is currently working on the PPN project.

Jinglu volunteered at the Adream Center, a Shanghai-based nonprofit with the mission of bringing quality education to youth in rural China and leveraging education to reduce social inequality. She worked alongside instructors in classrooms for students grade 4-6. These students usually came from environments with inadequate after-class academic support. At Adream, they were given academic guidance and age-appropriate activities to help develop their cognitive and behavioral abilities. At the end, she could truly see the positive changes from these enrolled students.

Jinglu graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University with a degree in Finance and she grew up in Shanxi, China.

Before she came to US, Jinglu never realized race is a big issue which related to social justice, because comparing with the United States, China’s ethnic problems have been inaudible in recent decades. However, now she has found race really plays a big role in US society. And non-white people need to pay more price to obtain the same opportunity. Feeling the urge to gain more field experience, Jinglu would like to work here, learn more about race and US culture.

Outside the lab, Jinglu likes taking naps, playing board games, and watching movies. She wants to be a social worker focusing on the advocacy and creation of equal education opportunities for underprivileged children in rural areas and urban inner-city in China.